ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Joel Pineiro looked like the old Joel
Pineiro threw a six-hitter to win for the first time in 12
starts, and Adrian Beltre and Jeremy Reed hit three-run doubles as
the Seattle Mariners surprised the Los Angeles Angels 10-2 Thursday
night in a matchup of the best and worst records in the AL West.
Pineiro (3-4) went the distance for the second time this season
and eighth time in 108 career starts. The right-hander was 0-3 with
eight no-decisions since beating Oakland and Texas in consecutive
starts in April.
"Every pitcher is going to say it's a relief, but I'm not
satisfied," Pineiro said. "There's still half a season left, so I
want to go out there and keep having good starts. But to go out
there and have a game like this is huge."
Pineiro missed the final three months of last season with a
strained right elbow. He beat the Angels on July 25, his final
victory of 2004. Against the Angels on Thursday, he resembled the
pitcher who won 16 games two years ago for the Mariners.
"It's nice when you've got all your pitches working and
throwing them for strikes," Pineiro said. "Everything works off
my fastball. So if I can go out there and be aggressive and get
ahead of the hitters, everything else is going to fall in place."
Bartolo Colon (11-5) lost for only the second time in nine
decisions, allowing a season-high seven runs and seven hits over
six innings. The right-hander, whose 64 victories since the start
of 2002 are the most in the majors, saw his ERA increase from 3.06
Colon, one of three Angels going to the All-Star game, struggled
in the first two innings. He threw 51 pitches, allowing six hits
and three walks and falling behind 7-0 despite retiring the first
two batters in both innings.
"I was never thinking about the All-Star game. That was not in
my mind," Colon said through a translator. "I am as ticked off at
myself as I've ever been after getting to a situation where I
should have gotten the next guy and didn't get the job done.
"In the first inning and the second inning I tried to do too
much after two outs. My stuff was not the same, and it hurt me. I'm
still mad at myself that I was not aggressive enough early in the
count where I could finish them off."
Reed's bases loaded double to left-center in the first was
followed by an RBI double to the same spot by Willie Bloomquist,
who tied a club record with three two-base hits in Wednesday
night's 5-1 loss at Kansas City. Beltre made it 7-0 with a ringing
double to right-center after two walks and Richie Sexson's infield
"That was a big hit for me," Beltre said. "I just wanted to
get a pitch over the plate that I could hit in the gap somewhere.
When you've got two outs, you've got to get a hit or a walk to help
Beltre, who was just 2-for-20 with one RBI in the previous five
games between the clubs this season, has 25 RBI since June 4 and
has raised his average from .234 to .269 (83-for-309).
"I feel better swinging the bat and I'm getting better
results," Beltre said. "It's just about getting comfortable in my
head. It's not quite there yet, but it's a lot better than it was
early in the season."
Beltre, coming off his the best season of his career, signed a
five-year, $64 million contract in December as a free agent after
hitting .334 with 121 RBI and a major league-leading 48 home runs
with the Dodgers. His home run total tied Hall of Famer Mike
Schmidt's record for third basemen.
"The big thing is that he's feeling comfortable here now,"
manager Mike Hargrove said. "You don't see him pressing, and you
see him smiling a lot more now. It just looked like he wanted to do
well so badly to justify (the contract) that he took himself away
from what he does best and tried to make it all happen in two
The Mariners, who trail the Angels by 15½ games, scored their
eighth run in the seventh on a wild pitch by Kevin Gregg. They
tacked on two more in the eighth against Esteban Yan on Randy
Winn's third homer, which followed a two-out single by Ichiro
The Angels, whose division lead shrunk to eight games, scored in
the fourth on Garret Anderson's RBI groundout and in the ninth on
Josh Paul's homer. Despite the loss, their 52-33 record is tied for
the best record in franchise history after 85 games.
Angels RF Vladimir Guerrero, who will be starting in the
All-Star game, grounded into two double plays and committed his
first error of the season. ... Reed, who played his college ball at
nearby Long Beach State, is 12-for-27 at Angel Stadium. ... The
Mariners were 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position, after going
5-for-24 in that department over the previous two games and
stranding 16 runners. ... Colon was 6-8 with 6.38 ERA before the
All-Star break last season. Three of his four losses this year have
come at home.